The word “elite” gets thrown around a whole lot in the media in regards to describing a quarterback who is above and beyond better than the rest. One of the most prevalent requirements in order to be declared elite by some is to be a Super Bowl champion and in some cases, its putting up video game numbers. When it comes to Andrew Luck, none of these things apply as he doesn’t dazzle with his stats or have the hardware either.
To me however, being elite constitutes of one trait and one trait alone. The trait being the ability to carry your team on your back and always be in contention because of it.
Luck has willed the Colts to eleven 4th quarter comebacks in his two year career in the NFL. His latest comeback being the second greatest comeback in NFL Playoff history.
The Colts have not been a defensive juggernaut and have been riddled with offensive injuries the last two years yet they made the playoffs in both years.
Andrew Luck has that “elite” trait through and through. He’s the quarterback teams like the Dolphins, Bills, and Raiders wish to have so they can be in contention year in and year out. While they are looking for the successor to their old great quarterbacks such as Dan Marino and Jim Kelly, the Colts sent from one “elite” quarterback to another from Peyton Manning to Andrew Luck.
The intangible of what makes “Luck” elite is the intangible champions like Joe Flacco, Eli Manning, and Ben Roethlisbergsr don’t necessarily have. They may have gotten hot at the right time during their respected championship runs but consistency hasn’t been there for them. The Giants haven’t been to the postseason since their 2011 Super Bowl run and the Steelers also haven’t been to the playoffs since 2011 as well. As for the Ravens, Joe Flacco had an amazing postseason in 2012 but he regressed back to old form and the Ravens missed the playoffs.
Quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees (arguably), and of course Peyton Manning have willed their teams to countless victories and have always been in contention year in and year out.
So is Andrew Luck “elite”? The answer is simply yes. Luck has done so much with so little his first two years in the NFL that it is staggering. He has all the intangibles to will any kind of team into contention. The last two years are arguably the worst Colts teams Luck will ever play for and that’s a good thing because if those teams made the postseason, who knows how good it can get the more better the Colts teams get.